Orlando's Best Local Restaurants
Wine and dine at some of Orlando's best restaurants.
Need more Orlando trip tips? Get more details with Travel Channel's Guide to Orlando.
Located in a section of downtown Winter Garden lined with buildings erected in the early part of the last century, the eatery is run by sisters who named the joint after their grandfathers, and who rely on long-held family recipes. Owners Katie and Ashlee Grimes' long, thin space is filled with home-cooked specialties including sauce whipped up by their dad and coleslaw from a recipe created by their mom. Pork, sausage and brisket sandwiches, platters of ribs and turkey and sides of okra, pickles and glasses of Southern-style sweet tea mark this spot as a carnivore's mecca.
This exposed brick barbecue haven is a 25-minute ride from Orange County Convention Center, not far from the shores of Lake Apopka.
For the beef-averse, there's the Fog City -- a “burger” anyone from San Francisco would be proud of: a turkey patty, pepper jack, avocado and sprouts. With inked, pierced hipster servers and neon decor, this unusual spot isn't too hard to find -- just look for the giant Les Paul-style guitars in front of the Thornton Park location, or the graffiti-painted picnic tables in and around the College Park location.
Depending on the time of year, entrees could include cedar-plank roasted salmon, oak-grilled filet mignon or caramelized sea scallops. Soft lighting, contemporary design, and wood and stone accents might create a sophisticated setting, but don't get too uptight: The piano bar and dessert flights bring everything back down to earth. Sample the wine list of more than 100 selections and order freely from the unique selections: Each item on the menu is no more than 475 calories.
Sample some of the 75 beers or tip a glass from the surprisingly complete wine list. Daily drink specials include reasonably priced Cuervo shots and a tall, 20-ounce Guinness. Monday through Thursday nights during happy hour, thirsty guests can get a “bucket of beer” (5 bottles) for under $10.
If it's necessary to catch a game, Miller’s Ale House is also the spot for that. Screens abound for the sports fan in need of a meal and the score. There might seem to be one in most Orlando-area neighborhoods, but when the locals pack in every night, it's easy to see that someone is doing something right here.
The pub was built in Ireland and shipped more than 4,000 miles to its current home at the Downtown Disney marketplace. Chef Kevin Dundon has cooked for Queen Elizabeth and U2, and you'd be advised to take advantage of the master chef's inspired cuisine.
The Salmon Swoon, smoked and served with capers and crème fraiche, is a far cry from corned beef and cabbage. Shrimp risotto, chicken and wild mushroom pie, Guinness and onion bangers on mashed potatoes, and roasted lamb shank in rosemary jus, create a menu that stands out from other Irish pub fare. Look for the statue of Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh -- identical to the one that sits ruminating along the Grand Canal near Baggot Street Bridge in Dublin -- and get here around 8 p.m. for the dancing and tunes.
We share the best beaches on Florida's East Coast. Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these links.
From sunset kayaking to delicious eats, there is so much to explore in southwest Florida's island sanctuary.
Where to find a damn fine cup of coffee and more.Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these links.
A 24-hour guide to the Holy City.
Dishing up a lot more than just bacon and eggs.
Our staff talk about some of their favorite restaurants, bars, breweries and sweet treats in Asheville, North Carolina.
A Travel Channel editor picks her high-end to affordable favorites in New York City right now.
Hit up these fun, food-forward spots for good eats for the entire family.
Our staff talk about some of their favorite restaurants, bars, barbecue and sweet treats in Memphis.
Learn about Miami Beach's newest hotels, restaurants and more.